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Stokes, Woakes set to make IPL debut after listed in auction

Ben Stokes will be one of the hot picks in this year's IPL auction
Ben Stokes will be one of the hot picks in this year's IPL auction

A number of England international stars including Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Jonny Bairstow will join their skipper Eoin Morgan in the Indian Premier League 2017 auction scheduled in Bangalore on 20th February.

The list contains a total of 799 players from India, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies which will be reduced after the franchises submit their choices of those, who will go under the hammer.

Ever since Andrew Strauss took over the director of cricket role at England and Wales Cricket Board, more England players were encouraged to be part of the lucrative league with the likes of Jos Buttler (Mumbai Indians), Chris Jordan (Royal Challenge Bangalore) and Sam Billings (Delhi Daredevils) making their debut last season while Morgan has been a prominent member among various teams in the past.

Indian pacer Ishant Sharma, former speedster Mitchell Johnson, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, Stokes, Woakes, Morgan and Pat Cummins are listed in the top bracket with a base price of INR 2 crore (approx USD 298,000).

Jonny Bairstow, Trent Boult, Brad Haddin, Nathan Lyon, Kyle Abbott and Jason Holder have placed themselves in the INR 1.5 crore bracket.

Following the 2017 season, IPL teams will have to overhaul their squads completely in the 2018 season before which the players' contract expire.

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